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Morning Reading

It's a rare Monday appearance for yours truly, so forgive me if I'm more glacial than usual this morning. I'm also on the DL with a mysterious right arm ailment caused when I changed seats on the Orange Line last night. (I have a long and proud history of suffering serious injury while riding public transportation.) What is the journalistic equivalent to Tommy John surgery? Perhaps I'll find out.

First, please scroll down to last night's post for links to a plethora of goodies that also appeared in the morning dead tree edition.

Remember that piece about Jon Rauch earlier in the spring, when he alluded to personal problems last season but wouldn't give details? He finally did, to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.

Kory Casto talks to his hometown paper about playing for the Nats.

Murray Chass writes about Jim Bowden's career.

By Tracee Hamilton  |  March 9, 2009; 8:39 AM ET
 
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[from a thread or two ago]:
Let Frowney go. His contract is invalid and he is too damn old. Get rid of him. He is just a reminder of the bad old Bowden days!!!!

Posted by: natsguy | March 9, 2009 12:38 AM

... I heartily agree. And not so much because of who or what he is in real terms, but because having him around the team would be a ready-made invitation to media and baseball pundits to continue the conversation about Bowden, when the reality is that Bowden is gone.

... we should write 30 to the whole thing, and by doing so, the rest of the baseball world can do the same thing, and move on.

Posted by: natscanreduxit | March 9, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

... I'm happy to read a few comments from Casto. For many years, I've been waiting for Kory to crack the bigs, and for years, both of us have been disappointed.

... I realize he would have made it if he had the tools and the abilities, and for that reason I've never disagreed with the team's decisions to send him back down.

... but the disappointing part for me is that he's worked hard and never complained; he's just such a good guy, and I'm an idealist. I've been waiting for good guys to finish first all my life.

Still waiting...

Posted by: natscanreduxit | March 9, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the Monday reading list, Tracee. Good luck with the arm ailment.

That's a shame about Rauch's wife. Seems like she's quite young to be experiencing such a condition.

I've always liked Casto as well, natscan.

On the Frowney front, I agree that it would be ideal to move on from the Bowden bashing - he's gone, as you and others note. However, I do not agree that the rest of the baseball world needs to move on, at least not as far as the larger story in the Dominican. I suspect that there are still a few more chips to fall in that regard.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 9, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

On Mike and Mike this morning, Buster Olney was talking about Steven Strasberg, the San Diego St. phenom who should be the #1 pick in this years Baseball Draft. Scouts call him a phenom and one of the best prospects to come out in years. Of course, he is represented by Mr. Scott Boras and the joke on the station was that eventually he will be playing for the Yankees. Great way to start the morning. Remind me not to listen to this station anymore.

Posted by: garyolney | March 9, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, but Buster Olney also said a scout told him that Strasburg is the best pitching prospect EVER. The scout continued, saying that right now, this very day, he is a better pitcher than AJ Burnett! Olney closed saying, "Washington Nationals, you're on the clock."

Posted by: AlexL925 | March 9, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

One report that you can't get from the box score is that the players looked really loose. Lots of smiles and good vibes in the dugout. Definitely.

Posted by: nattaboy | March 8, 2009 8:29 PM

*************

This is probably the best news I've heard yet.

Posted by: NatsNut | March 9, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

garyolney, take heart. Scott Boras has a lot of clients and most of them are not on the Yankees. A list can be found here:

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2008/10/scott-boras-cli.html

Posted by: BobLHead | March 9, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, but Buster Olney also said a scout told him that Strasburg is the best pitching prospect EVER. The scout continued, saying that right now, this very day, he is a better pitcher than AJ Burnett! Olney closed saying, "Washington Nationals, you're on the clock."

Posted by: AlexL925 | March 9, 2009 10:04 AM

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

That news is great as the Nats still would control him for 6 full MLB seasons. Can't worry about it now what the Yankees will be willng to pay in 2016. The Nats have to take care of business and get him signed quickly.

If Stephen Strasburg could step in as a 2010 front line starter with Olsen and Lannan, you can finally see the building blocks in place.

Posted by: dmacman88 | March 9, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

"Yeah, but Buster Olney also said a scout told him that Strasburg is the best pitching prospect EVER."

Sounds like other people are trying to skim bonuses.

Posted by: dclifer | March 9, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

It won't matter what the Nats offer Strasburg/Boras. They will sign him, but it won't be until the final second of the final minute of the final hour of the final day of the signing period. Only then will Boras/Strasburg ink the contract. That is just the way Boras works, down to the deadline with his premium clients. Great links to the morning reading...thanks.

Posted by: cokedispatch | March 9, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Nextel Call to the Bullpen: Now pitching for your Nationals Journal - Barrrrry Svruuluga (in the new post).

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 9, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Yeah yeah people like Casto..Truth of the matter is that he cant produce. So, the team needs to release him, and then Casto needs evaluate if he is good enough to play in the majors. Also Casto needs to stop worrying about his wife's friends, and find a team that may want to pay him.

Posted by: nationals15 | March 11, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Yeah yeah people like Casto..Truth of the matter is that he cant produce. So, the team needs to release him, and then Casto needs evaluate if he is good enough to play in the majors. Also Casto needs to stop worrying about his wife's friends, and find a team that may want to pay him.

Posted by: nationals15 | March 11, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Yeah yeah, people like Casto..Truth of the matter is that he cant produce. So, the team needs to release him, and then Casto needs evaluate if he is good enough to play in the majors. Also Casto needs to stop worrying about his wife's friends, and find a team that may want to pay him.

Posted by: nationals15 | March 11, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Yeah yeah people like Casto..Truth of the matter is that he cant produce. So, the team needs to release him, and then Casto needs evaluate if he is good enough to play in the majors. Also Casto needs to stop worrying about his wife's friends, and find a team that may want to pay him.

Posted by: nationals15 | March 11, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

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